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was the team's 49th year with the 1986 Los Angeles Rams season National Football League and the 41st season in Los Angeles.
Offseason [ edit ]
NFL Draft [ edit ]
Regular season [ edit ]
Schedule [ edit ]
September 7, 1986
St. Louis Cardinals W 16–10
Eric Dickerson ran for 193 yards and two TD's, which offset a 5-for-21 passing performance by new Ram QB Steve Bartkowski. The Rams sacked Cardinal QB Neil Lomax five times and intercepted him once.
September 14, 1986
San Francisco 49ers W 16–13
Rams took advantage of the 49ers being without an injured
Joe Montana by winning a close one at home on a late FG by Mike Lansford. The Rams would not have another home win against the 49ers until Week 5 of the 1999 season when the team was in St. Louis.
September 21, 1986
Indianapolis Colts W 24–7
Bartkowski had a fine day, passing for a TD, and Dickerson had 121 yards and another TD as Rams dominated. The Colts had only 177 yards of total offense and were sacked seven times.
September 28, 1986
Philadelphia Eagles L 34–20
Rams were blown out by an 0–3 Eagles team.
Ron Jaworski passed for 3 TD's and Keith Byars threw a halfback option pass for another TD. Steve Dils replaced an injured Bartkowski and passed for 3 TD's late after Philadelphia had built a 34–0 lead.
October 5, 1986
Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20
Dickerson had 207 yards rushing, including the winning TD in overtime.
October 12, 1986
Atlanta Falcons L 26–14
Bartkowski returned from injury and passed for 196 yards and a TD against his former team, but the Rams couldn't overcome 141 yards rushing and a TD by
Gerald Riggs and four Mick Luckhurst field goals.
October 19, 1986
Detroit Lions W 14–10
Rams built an early 14–0 lead behind an 80-yard interception return TD by
Nolan Cromwell and a rushing TD by Dickerson, who had 130 yards, and held on for the win.
October 26, 1986
Atlanta Falcons W 14–7
Rams held Falcons to 151 yards of offense. Dickerson had 170 yards and got into the passing act with a TD pass to TE
November 3, 1986
Chicago Bears W 20–17
Despite only six pass completions on the day, Dils threw a game-tying TD bomb to
Ron Brown and Lansford kicked a 50-yard FG to win it as the Rams upended the defending Super Bowl champs.
November 9, 1986
New Orleans Saints L 6–0
Rams lost a defensive struggle on the road.
November 16, 1986
New England Patriots L 30–28
John Robinson figured the time was right to play Jim Everett, and the rookie QB passed for 3 TDs. But, the Rams couldn't overcome a 375-yard passing performance by Tony Eason and two late TDs to Irving Fryar, the last coming on a Hail Mary as time expired.
November 23, 1986
New Orleans Saints W 26–13
Rookie Everett had only 7 completions for 56 yards, but ran for a TD and Lansford kicked 4 FG's
November 30, 1986
New York Jets W 17–3
Rams upended a suddenly slumping Jets team on the road with a TD pass from Everett and a TD run by Dickerson.
December 7, 1986
Dallas Cowboys W 29–10
Rams dominated the Cowboys at home with 212 yards passing and a TD by Everett, a 41-yard TD run by
Barry Redden, and five sacks, including one for a safety.
December 14, 1986
Miami Dolphins L 37–31
Everett was good in this game (251 yards passing, 2 TDs), but
Dan Marino was better, passing for 403 yards and 5 TDs, including the winning one to Mark Duper in OT.
December 19, 1986
San Francisco 49ers L 24–14
Needing a victory to win the NFC West division, the 49ers outplayed the Rams, holding Everett to 13–35 passing and intercepting him three times. 49ers also had four sacks.
Standings [ edit ]
Playoffs [ edit ]
December 28, 1986
Washington Redskins L 19–7
Eric Dickerson ran for 158 yards on 26 carries, but fumbled three times and the Rams had six turnovers against the host Redskins.
Awards and records [ edit ]
Eric Dickerson, NFC
Pro Bowl selection Eric Dickerson,
All-Pro selection Eric Dickerson,
NFL Offensive Player of the Year Eric Dickerson,
UPI NFC Player of the Year
Carl Ekern, NFC Pro Bowl selection
Jerry Gray, NFC Pro Bowl selection
Dennis Harrah, NFC Pro Bowl selection
LeRoy Irvin, NFC Pro Bowl selection
Jackie Slater, NFC Pro Bowl selection
Doug Smith, NFC Pro Bowl selection
See also [ edit ]
Other Anaheim–based teams in 1986
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]